"Peace" is the theme of this year's Fourth of July celebration, when New Albany welcomes Marines from Columbus-based Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, to serve as the parade grand marshals.

"Peace" is the theme of this year's Fourth of July celebration, when New Albany welcomes Marines from Columbus-based Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, to serve as the parade grand marshals.

The Marine Reserve company is known for the high casualties it took during the Iraq war. Twenty-three of its members were killed in Iraq in 2005.

Ron Kendle, president of the New Albany Community Events Board, said the Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4, and will last about an hour. The parade starts at New Albany Middle School. The route moves onto U.S. Route 62, proceeds southwest to Market Street and then east on Dublin-Granville Road back to the middle school.

Kendle said the parade has been growing each year with the addition of bicycle riders.

"We're looking for kids to ride bikes in the parade," Kendle said. "We're hoping to have the biggest bike parade in Central Ohio."

The parade usually attracts several thousand people.

Once the parade ends, an afternoon break in the festivities is scheduled. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. on the New Albany High School commons.

Kendle said the winner of last year's annual FallFest Battle of the Bands competition will perform first. The band includes several students from New Albany middle and high schools and does not have a name at this point. They will perform from 5 to 6 p.m. and Peligro 614 of Gahanna will play from 6 to 7 p.m.

Peligro 614 was formed two years ago by five Gahanna teenagers: singer Dominic Frissora, guitarist Jonathan Suh, rhythm guitarist Chandler Eggleston, bassist Tyler Viers and drummer Luke Hatfield. According to its Facebook page, Peligro 614 has performed across the country and won several band competitions, including first place at both the Gahanna Teenfest Battle of the Bands competition in 2010 and the Hebron Music & Arts Festival in 2009.

Kendle said the headlining band for the celebration is the Street Players, a seven-piece band from Columbus. According to its website, the Street Players are known for their four-piece rhythm section and a three-piece horn section. They perform music from the 1940s to the present.

The Fourth of July celebration includes food from local vendors, featuring everything from Italian and Thai food to hot dogs from the New Albany High School athletics boosters and ice cream from Johnson's, Kendle said. More children's activities are planned this year, he said, with temporary tattoo painting, face painting and two bounce houses.

A half-hour fireworks display ends the evening at about 9:45 p.m.

Kendle said the celebration is organized by the New Albany Community Events Board, a nine-member group formed in 2004. The board still is looking for volunteers to help with the event. Kendle said it takes about 60 volunteers to help with both the parade and the evening festivities. Those interested should email Kendle at rkendle@insight.rr.com.

The city of New Albany is the main sponsor of the event. Kendle said the rest of the money is raised from local donations.